Aghia Fotia

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Leaving Siteia by the east road to Vai and Zakros, after 7 km you will come across the beach of Aghia Fotia. You will come to it by a village of the same name. It is small, not organized and deserted: it is called after a small church to Aghia Foteini.

The beach is sandy and good for diving and snorkeling. But take care here, as it is open to the north winds. By the beach are some hotels, rent-rooms and apartments, if you decide to pass your holidays here.

Here has been excavated the largest cemetery from the early days of the Minoan culture, as well as a building that in some ways anticipates the later Palace structures. On the beach is a cave you can visit: according to the evidence found in it, it too was used as a dwelling place in antiquity.

If in the area, visit Moni Toplou: a historic monastery, but in a wild and deserted spot some 10 km outside to the east of Siteia. Still imposing, it is one of the most beautiful on the island, with its bell tower some 33 m high!

  • Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
  • History, Culture
  • What to do (Activities)
  • What to see (Culture, Nature)

Additional Info

  • location East of Sitia, Sitia, Lasithi
  • free camping No
  • nudism No
  • beach type Sandy
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities


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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Siteia - Ziros - Zakros - Palaikastro - Vai

Distances: 7 km east of Sitia.

By car/motorcycle: From Agios Nikolaos or Ierapetra, follow the National Highway east to Sitia. Take then the road that leads to Vai, and Zakros: after 7 km you will arrive at the village of Agia Fotia; turn left down a side-road to the beach.
By bus: There are services from Sitia.

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